The Christmas Singing tells the sweet story of Mattie and Gideon.
They grew up together in the Amish community of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania. Just when most would be considering marriage, they suddenly broke things off after Mattie finds Gideon in the arms of an English woman.
Mattie must begin again. She moves to Ohio, opens a cake shop and has a new boyfriend. Things seem to be going well when suddenly everything begins to fall apart. She is injured when Mattie's Cakes catches on fire. With her shop destroyed, she goes home to Apple Ridge to recover with family. Little does she know an old chapter of her life will be reopened when she encounters Gideon again.
There is much more to the story behind their breakup. You will not discover the conclusion of Mattie and Gideon's story until to come to the final pages of this novella. It is an enjoyable journey.
This book was a Christmas present. I really enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I hope to find a sequel to the book. I would love to read about the rest of her story ie. her wedding and family life married to Gideon.
I received "The Christmas Singing" by Cindy Woodsmall for free from Blogging For Books. This is a novella about a girl Mattie and her bitter breakup. Three years prior, Gideon, her boyfriend, broke up with her when she walked in on him hugging another girl, in his house, alone. She moves 6 hours away to live near her brother, start her own cake making business, and to move on. She meets Sol and has been dating him the last 2 years. Sol is not the passionate love that one dreams of. He is safe, direct, not passionate, and gets along fine without Mattie. Which means he won't break her heart since he never really has it.
Mattie's cake shop catches fire and she has to move back temporarily with her parents. Back to Gideon. While there, Mattie and Gideon meet back up with passion. Of course it is the passion of hate, but still its a blaze.
I like this book fairly well. As you know, I'm not a big fan of Amish books, but this one is not bad. The people are real. There biggest fear isn't where and when they will find their next shoo-fly pie. They are normal everyday people. I like that in my Amish.
Three years ago at Christmastime, Mattie Eash's childhood sweetheart, Gideon Beiler, broke her heart. Since then, Mattie has picked up the pieces of her life. She moved to Ohio, started her own cake shop, and even found a new beau.
But when she must return home due to unforeseen circumstances, Mattie comes face-to-face with Gideon and with the truth that has been hiding all these years.
Christmas is a special time of year for everyone, but especially for Mattie and Gideon, and it might just be the gift they were both looking for.
When I sat down to read this book, it was the absolute best time I could have chosen. My daughter was napping, the house was peaceful, and the first snow of the winter season in Indiana was falling outside. (Sigh.)
For the rest of the afternoon, I just enjoyed this nice story that takes place during the Christmas season.
The Christmas Singing is by Cindy Woodsmall, and it is an Amish novella that includes characters from at least one of the author's previous books.
One thing I liked about this book was that even though I was not familiar with the characters, I was still able to enjoy the story. There was enough background given by the author that I understood what was going on. I also liked the aspect that Mattie owned her own bakery. It was an interesting addition to the plot, and I loved the name of her shop: "Mattie Cakes."
My one complaint is that towards the end Mattie and Gideon spend a day together, and I would have loved to go through that day with them. I felt as if the story had built up until this point, and I was disappointed to not be able to experience that day through their eyes.
The plot of The Christmas Singing is typical for a romantic Christmas story, but I still enjoyed it. I didn't find myself being bored, even though it was comfortable. It was a great little book to curl up with on a snowy afternoon and read about the Christmas season.